The Books Briefing: Imagining Black Futures

“The death of Chadwick Boseman last week revealed the ability of art to imagine new, daring possibilities for the future. In his roles as T’Challa, Jackie Robinson, and James Brown, Boseman expertly portrayed Black icons and heroes, providing visions of hope by embodying individuals who challenged power narratives. That is, in many ways, the core of Afrofuturism, a tradition represented in a long line of books written by Black writers such as Octavia Butler and Samuel Delany. These writers dared to build worlds infused with elements of magical realism, fantasy, and technological innovation to realize dreams of resistance and freedom.”

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/books/archive/2020/09/octavia-butler-tomi-adeyemi-ta-nehisi-coates-and-afrofuturism-books-briefing/616033/

The Atlantic’s Kristine Guillaume shares her weekly guide to the best in books. This article focuses specifically on Black writers and Afrofuturism, which draws from the history of the African diaspora to imagine liberatory possibilities for the future.

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Noughts + Crosses: Why You Should Watch This Afrofuturist Alternate History Romance

“First published in the UK in 2001, and in the U.S. in 2005, Noughts & Crosses tells the story of a dystopian alternate reality version of the U.K. (here, called Albion). In the Noughts & Crosses universe, people of African descent are called ‘Crosses’ and people of European descent are called ‘Noughts.’ The Crosses control the government and use the legal and economic system to oppress the Noughts. The main character of the novel series is Sephy Hadley (Masali Baduza, in the series), a Cross who is in a relationship with Callum McGregor (Jack Rowan), a Nought. Through this relationship, she begins to realize that the society she lives in is hell for those who don’t look like her. The story continues across five books, as the characters fight to end the institutionalized racism in Albion.”

Source: https://www.denofgeek.com/tv/noughts-and-crosses-peacock-review/

A government controlled by people of African descent that oppresses people of European descent? Interesting concept, but is that what you as an Afrofuturist envision for this planet? Worth a discussion, I’d say.

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A Fashion Historian Unpacks the Symbolism of Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Costumes

“When Beyoncé released her latest visual album Black Is King on Disney+ on July 31, casual fans and the BeyHive alike were treated to a glorious feast for the eyes that featured the rich range of cultures and countries of the African continent. While the Afrocentric narrative of Black Is King draws on last year’s The Lion King: The Gift album as a framework to explore both Africa’s vast history and the African diaspora through the coming-of-age story of a young king, the aesthetic component of the film plays an equally important role, thanks to the dazzling vision of Beyoncé and her creative collaborators, especially her stylist, Zerina Akers.”

Source: https://time.com/5875425/black-is-king-fashion/

Kudos to Beyoncé for bring it so blackety black that no one can help to be proud to be an African! Black Is King A must-see, visual album, a veritable collection of tantalizing sights and sounds that will delight the senses, touch the soul, and awaken the spirit no matter the color your skin.

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Towards ‘Wakanda’

“If you’re not a comics fan, you may have been surprised at the extent of the heartfelt grief expressed following the death of actor Chadwick Boseman. One explanation lies in the extraordinary power of the 2018 movie Black Panther, in which Boseman starred as T’Challa/Black Panther, to address racist stereotypes about Africa and Africans. Boseman’s character was heir to the hidden kingdom of Wakanda — a mythical African nation free of European colonization. The film’s subtext explores African Americans’ varying identifications, past and present, with Africa and the global Black diaspora.”

Source: http://www.millenniumpost.in/opinion/towards-wakanda-417173

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Chadwick Boseman and the Global Power and Limits of Afrofuturism

“If you’re not a comics fan, you may have been surprised at the extent of the heartfelt grief expressed following the death of actor Chadwick Boseman. One explanation lies in the extraordinary power of the 2018 movie Black Panther, in which Boseman starred as T’Challa/Black Panther, to address racist stereotypes about Africa and Africans. Boseman’s character was heir to the hidden kingdom of Wakanda, a mythical African nation free of European colonization. The film’s subtext explores African Americans’ varying identifications, past and present, with Africa and a global Black diaspora.”

Source: https://thewire.in/culture/wakanda-chadwick-boseman-marvel-africanamerican

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Linked Africa paving the way through SMART Advertising

“Imagine a world where billboards dynamically display ads targeted to each individual as they are walking past them. Imagine ads sold in real-time auctions dynamically and displayed across the city (or country) in a matter of minutes. Well this world is currently taking place and fast becoming the norm in Africa. One of the companies making this possible is Linked Africa Tech, a sprightly and vigorous integrated marketing agency that offers digital advertising services, founded by two individuals with great business acumen and creativity. The company is built with the understanding that the African continent has certainly faced its fair share of challenges in recent decades. But with the trend for emerging economies helping to drive progress in many parts of the world, Africa is now embracing technological change that is transforming the continent, and even leading the way with innovation. Mlungisi Mavuso who is one of the cofounders of Linked Africa believes that the most critical factor in this transformation has been the willingness of the continent to embrace change. The last fifteen years or so has witnessed a vast technological revolution in Africa, with companies ready to innovate, and people enthusiastically embracing this innovation.”

Source: https://www.bbqonline.co.za/2020/08/31/linked-africa-paving-the-way-through-smart-advertising/

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Juliet Ehimuan: The Face of Google, The Future of Technology

“As our society moves closer to gender equality, women are working to build a more substantial presence in the traditionally male-dominated tech industry… One of them who stands out in Nigeria is Juliet Ehimuan who sits atop Google Nigeria as the Country Director. An influential figure in the world of tech, she is charged with the responsibility of representing Google in all its business development projects and partnership opportunities in this region. A seemingly difficult task which she handles effortlessly along sides her strong belief for women empowerment, mentoring and support for women in tech. In this interview with Konye Chelsea Nwabogor, she talks about her journey to the top and why more young girls should consider pursuing a career in tech.”

Source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/08/30/juliet-ehimuan-the-face-of-google-the-future-of-technology/

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Does The Future Of Bitcoin Lie In Africa?

“Bitcoin, since its inception in the fintech space, has been very highly regarded in most African countries. While challenges and difficulties are still emerging in the continent, some prominent names in the cryptocurrency sphere have regarded Africa as an excellent place for bitcoin. But what is with Africa that digital currencies keep on thriving in the continent? Before we answer that big question, let us first take a look at how Africa is doing economically.”

Source: https://techtrendske.co.ke/does-the-future-of-bitcoin-lie-in-africa/

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Algorithmic Colonization A New Form Of Traditional Colonialism In Africa

“Algorithmic colonization. It is a term that isn’t widely used or known. However, it is something being done on the continent of Africa on a large scale. So what is the algorithmic colonization of Africa? One researcher explains. Abeba Birhane, a cognitive science Ph.D. student at University College Dublin, Ireland and Lero, does a deep dive into the subject in a study published in ‘Scripted: A Journal of Law, Technology and Science.’ ‘While traditional colonialism is driven by political and government forces, algorithmic colonialism is driven by corporate agendas,’ Birhane wrote.”

Source: https://www.technologytimes.pk/2020/09/02/algorithmic-colonization-a-new-form-of-traditional-colonialism-in-africa/

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10 Black Women Filmmakers You Should Know

“With all the extra time at home due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders, now’s the perfect opportunity to rummage through Netflix and binge-watch movies and TV shows. While you’re searching for content, you should definitely take the time to check out Black women directors who are creating powerful and compelling narratives. From indie flicks to bigger budget films, Black female filmmakers are making waves. Often they dare to tackle sensitive and socially relevant issues through their craft.”

Source: https://urbangeekz.com/2020/08/10-black-women-filmmakers-you-should-know/

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